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A stun­ning new li­brary that opened in China around three months ago is a ma­jes­tic cre­ation. Lo­cated in the Bin­hai Cul­tural Dis­trict In Tian­jin, the li­brary was de­signed by Dutch de­sign firm MVRDV in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Tian­jin Ur­ban Plan­ning and De­sign In­sti­tute (TUPDI). Dubbed as the Eye of Bin­hai, the Tian­jin Bin­hai Li­brary cov­ers over 34,000 square me­tres and can hold up to 1.2 mil­lion books. The five-storey li­brary fea­tures a daz­zling fu­tur­is­tic in­te­rior with rip­pling shelves and lay­ered ter­races that dou­ble as steps and seats.

The struc­ture was com­pleted in three years and in­cludes a read­ing area on the ground floor, lounge ar­eas in the mid­dle sec­tions and of­fices, meet­ing spa­ces, and com­puter/au­dio rooms at the top. There’s also a chil­dren’s play area in one of the lower lev­els.

Those who are won­der­ing how one can ac­cess books on the higher shelves, the de­sign­ers have used alu­minium plates in­stead of ac­tual lit­er­a­ture on the el­e­vated ter­races in order to keep up with the li­brary’s aes­thetic. While it does house a lot of books, some of the cov­ers in the hall are printed im­ages. Books are housed in var­i­ous rooms in the build­ing. The li­brary is a part of the city’s ef­fort to im­prove the re­gion’s cul­tural in­fra­struc­ture.

The ground floor has a read­ing area for vis­i­tors

The li­brary spans over 34,000 square me­tres

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